I started CrossFit in the summer of 2009.
I began CrossFit with a few others from my martial arts studio as a supplement to our regular training.
I played football competitively throughout high school and the first year of university. I tried numerous programs for my S&C, but never really broke through any strength plateaus after a few months.
My favourite past time when I am not at the gym is to make beer. Consuming the beer is probably number two.
I started coaching in the summer of 2010 in Pickering, ON.
I enjoy the multiple skills and exercises that we work on through CrossFit, and results I have seen over the years vs. conventional S&C programs.
My favourite WOD, would be any barbell lift, max or sub-max. In my opinion, there are few things in the gym that are more satisfying than demonstrating absolute strength, by picking a heavy weight of the ground/rack and moving it just because you can.
My favourite thing about coaching is watching our clients becoming stronger, more confident, and hitting PR’s. It is an amazing thing to witness when a person successfully performs a new movement/lifts a new weight for the first time, especially if it has been something they have been working at for a while.
My favourite CrossFit moment was experiencing the generosity and support of the CrossfIt community during my brother and I’s CrossFit fundraiser for Alzheimer’s. It is always a heartwarming experience to see that our community extends beyond the gym & whiteboard and rallies around numerous charitable causes.
My worst CrossFit moment would have to be attempting Kelly and vomiting mid Wallball. It was not my brightest moment. Vomitting during a workout is never a desirable result, or proof that you are a badass. It is typically a result of being improperly prepared for a workout either via nutrition or condition, and since then I always try and make sure I am better prepared/make the appropriate substitutions based on the workout. My lesson was learned.
I actively compete in Olympic Weightlifting.
My favourite competition would have to be the Western Canadian Championships 2011. This was my first official Olympic Weightlifting competition, and although I came last in my weight class it was a great experience and I couldn’t wait to get back on the platform for my next one.
My personal goal for 2013 is to achieve an Olympic total of 280+kg. I also hope to grow the Olympic Weightlifting classes that I currently manage at CFNV and expose more of our members to the sport of Weightlifting/develop their ability in the lifts to enhance their CrossFit experience.
My favourite CrossFit quote is “Stop whining.” – Alex Stonkus
I would tell someone to new to CrossFit is to try it at least once. The atmosphere may seem intimidating at first glance but we all started in the same boat. It is work, and you will be uncomfortable/sore but you will be a better person for it, just try it once.